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HI: Judiciary offers interpreter training

Monday, January 19, 2009

Judiciary offers interpreter training

The Judiciary through its Office on Equality and Access to the Courts announces the commencement of the 2009 orientation and testing cycle of the Hawaii State Judiciary Court Interpreter Certification Program. The program is designed to promote and ensure equal access to Hawaii's state courts for individuals who are limited English proficient, deaf or hard-of-hearing by providing the best qualified interpreters available.

Individuals who can interpret in Chuukese, Marshallese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean, Tongan and Samoan are needed. Certified sign language interpreters are also encouraged to apply.

Application forms may be obtained from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at 539-4860 or by e-mailing oeac@courts.state.hi.us.

Court interpreters work on a freelance basis as independent contractors in criminal or certain civil cases when parties or witnesses are unable to hear, understand, speak or use English sufficiently. Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid between $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

The requirements for certification include full completion and acceptance of the certification program application form; successful completion of a two-day orientation workshop; achieving a passing score on a written English proficiency and court interpreter ethics exam; clearing a criminal background check; and achieving a passing score on an oral certification exam in a non-English language.

The two-day court interpreter certification orientation workshop on the Big island is scheduled for March 16 and 17 in Hilo.

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